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Not a Fearvangelical @SkyeJethani
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I’m a student of history & as Mark Twain said “History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.” I’ve been noticing how much modern Am. Evangelicalism looks like medieval Roman Catholicism. Not exactly the same, but the rhyme is noticeable...
2...Historically, Evangelicals accused Catholics of blind loyalty to a human leader, the pope. Today, much of evangelicalism is marked by blind loyalty to celebrity pastors and a celebrity president. No criticism is tolerated. To question authority is heresy...
3...Historically, Evangelicals criticized Catholics for building ornate cathedrals & for a massive institutional hierarchy that abused power. Today we see evang megachurches everywhere & scandals among evang leaders who abuse their power...
4...Historically, Evangelicals criticized Catholics for holding a dualistic theology that divided sacred/secular & diminished the value of non-ministry vocations. Today, Am evangelicalism has created a 2-class society where ministers/ministry is elevated above all else...
5...Historically, Evangelicals criticized Catholics for their devotion to relics, holy sites, & images. Today, Am evangelicals spend billions on Jesus junk (t-shirts, trinkets, toys, and Testa-mints) to display their righteousness while neglecting mercy, justice, & hospitality...
6...Historically, Evangelicals criticized Catholics for neglecting the Bible. Today, evangelical biblical literacy continues to decline & evangelicals are MORE LIKELY than non-Christians to hold heretical beliefs about Jesus, God, & the Trinity (…)...
7... Maybe historic Evangelical criticism of Catholicism wasn’t really about Catholicism. Maybe it was about the abuses & failures evident in all human, institutional religion. & maybe Am evangelicals will discover they need the Gospel as much as those they criticize.
8...Historically, Evangelicals criticized Catholics for dividing their devotion btwn Jesus & Mary believing she has a special place in God’s plan & our worship. Am evangelicals divide their devotion btwn Jesus & America believing it has a special place in God’s plan & our worship
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